Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder is to host a TV show on the subject of UFOs.
Airing on History in 2013, Shaun Ryder on UFOs sees the Salford singer travelling the world to investigate the subject. “I got asked about doing a TV show and it’s like, what do want to do? So, I thought, why not go chasing UFOs?”
The search took him as far afield as Chile, and saw him in conversation with a number of UFOlogists – not all of whom impressed. “The thing is, right, a lot of UFOlogists, are fucking up it mate, they’re fucking proper, proper up it, and they give it a bad name,” says Ryder. “You know, some are not UFOlogists, just fucking raving bonkers, you know, they’re just absolute knobheads. Then you’ve got some that are really smart and intellectual, and you’ve got real scientists as well.”
Ryder’s personal interest in the subject stretches back to him spotting a UFO in Salford as a teenager. “When I was a kid, in 1978, I saw something that defies physics, you know, I saw something flying around the sky at about five or six thousand miles an hour,” he says. “There were a couple of other girls that’d seen it, and a schoolboy going to grammar school, you know, so it wasn’t just me that saw the thing.”
Happy Mondays play The Roundhouse in Camden on December 19 and 20, with special guests and 808 Soundsystem. Ryder promises a greatest hits set, and a bit of seasonal cheer. “It will be Christmassy,” he says. “I’m gonna dress as Santa on stage. Do you believe that? No? Good.”
The Happy Mondays will play:
The Roundhouse, London (December 19, 20)